The following is a guest blog by Amber Ranches:
A vacation retreat in the Great Smoky Mountains is a real convenience for hikers and other outdoor sports enthusiasts. Having a "home base" near plenty of hiking trails, forests, streams and lakes means exciting outdoor adventures can be followed by a home-cooked meal, a fire in the fireplace and a comfortable bed. North Carolina's mountains offer an almost endless variety of activities.
Hiking in North Carolina
Major trailheads in western North Carolina include national treasures such as: Pisgah National Forest, Nantahala National Forest, the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Many state parks also feature hiking trails, including Hanging Rock, Chimney Rock, Pilot Mountain and Grandfather Mountain. From these trailheads a hiker can choose trails of varying length and difficulty. Most trailheads include places to picnic, shop for provisions, or get maps and information. Parks offer other amenities such as camping and fishing. The Carl Sandburg site, for example, has a house to tour, goats to pet and a full calendar of cultural events.
Other Outdoor Sports
Fishing is a popular pursuit in the Smoky Mountains and surrounding areas as well. The Davidson River, Pigeon River, French Broad River, Newberry Creek and Lake Powhatan are just some of the great fishing sites in western North Carolina. Those who own homes in the area have opportunities to find the best fishing holes and learn from the other locals. Hiking and fishing make a great vacation combination.
For rainy days, the vacationer can go to the nearby cities for music, museums, shopping or fine dining. Asheville, Hendersonville, Cherokee and Waynesville all offer unique options for indoor and outdoor activities alike.
Building a vacation home on North Carolina mountain property can lead to years of memorable vacations. A mountain home can even become a permanent home. Consider the advantages of an active outdoor lifestyle near the Great Smoky Mountains.
Hiking in the Smokies